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2011 Senate Bill 502: Give liquor licenses to public university and colleges’ commercial meeting facilities

Public Act 249 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on June 21, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial conference and meeting facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university. Current law authorizes liquor licenses for universities or colleges named in the statute.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on June 21, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on August 24, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 7, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that limits colleges and universities to only serving alcohol at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the academic mission. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 7, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on September 21, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 21, 2011.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 21, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university, but only for alcohol served at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the school's academic mission. This refers to commercial meeting facilities that some schools have created which compete with private sector facilities.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 21, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 21, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on October 12, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 26, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 26, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on October 26, 2011, to strip out a provision banning a college or university hospitality service with a liquor license from having a catering license. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 26, 2011.
  4. Passed 105 to 3 in the House on October 27, 2011, to authorize liquor licenses for commercial facilities operated by any Michigan community college or state university, but only for alcohol served at activities that "further the college's or university's community or academic mission," and not "public and private gatherings or meetings that do not have a direct correlation" to the school's academic mission. This refers to commercial meeting facilities that some schools have created which compete with private sector facilities.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on November 1, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on November 8, 2011, to strip out a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 8, 2011.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 8, 2011, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, except without a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the House on November 8, 2011.
  8. Passed 79 to 28 in the House on November 10, 2011, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which stripped-out a provision that prohibits a college or university from operating a liquor-serving operation that unfairly competes with private sector businesses.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 8, 2011.

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